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In the last semester’s mid-term project of Computation-based Basic Design 2, we experimented the casting method for studying solids and voids. Students worked in groups of four. First, they designed a set of components within a 10cm bounding cube. These cubes represent 1m3 in 1:10 scale. After that, they multiplied them into a system of voids with a function for human use. They fabricated at least 24 pieces in the final 3d composition. David Umemoto’s Soma Cubes was an inspirational example for our students. They used EPS or wood as […]

This project started as a study on a geometric method, called as quadror, but resulted as an amazing self-standing structure with a capability to fold flat. Initially after Ayza made lots of sketches and models, the project team continued the research and finally they managed to build one prototype only in two days. Here are some photos of this project but there are much more variations and models at their own blog linked below: Below are some photos of their research: This is supposed to be the final prototype. *Students: […]

This final project of the Computation-based Basic Design II at IBU, focuses on the bending performance of wooden plates. Their initial development of a module ended up with a macroform that spans a surface in two directions, enabling various human postures such as sitting, leaning and lying down. A very promising work that could further be developed. Below are some photos: Final prototype The idea and the process. *Students: Azra Tulu Cumur, Batuhan Güllü, Büşra Kılışlı, Cem Mert Şimşek, Fatma Oran, Onurcan Oktay Here is the student blog of this […]

Another well organized group of students produced this self standing structure in only a couple of days. This group joined the same 8mm wooden plates into a set of components of 8-sided polyhedra. Then, they joined these components in a fashion that the macroform emerged from the angles of their geometry. Below are some of the pictures of their production phases:   The final prototype Some phases of the production Model of the component and the macroform. *Students: Başak Ayris Karayiğit, Dila Kırmızıtoprak, Dilruba Ağaçcıoğlu, Ecem Karabıyık, Elifsu Oturan, Maide […]

A very hard working group of this year’s Computation-based Basic Design Studio produced this amazing structure. They joined 8mm cnc-cut wooden plates using puzzle-like cuts and tightened with strings. A good example of group coordination produced this result in two days. Below are some photos of the prototype and the project phases: Final prototype. The joint details and the first experiments. *Students: Aslı Naz Çolakoğlu, Aybike Yılmaz, Bilge Kardelen Bekiroğlu, Büşra Hamzaoğlu, Ceren Bilen, Simay Uluca, Zülal Atakul Here is the blog of this project.

In this final project, wooden sticks are arranged to produce ruled surfaces for various uses such as sitting, leaning etc. Here are some photos of the final prototype and it’s production phases. Final prototype Digital model First sketches. *Students: Dilara Çerçi, Elham Kaya, Gizem Kama, Gül Zorlu, Gülşah Kılıç, Orhan Ünver, Yiğit Altındağ, Sena Ortaç Here is the students’ blog on this project.

This is an interesting material project of this years computation-based Basic Design II studio. Students experienced a well-known structural system tensegrity, composed of cables, joint details and aluminium sticks. Although their overall macforom had serious problems, the exploratory process of this group was very successfull. *Students: Deniz Ağaoğlu, Fatma Sezgin, Serkan Ateş, Aysel Abasova, Kardelen Kıroğlu, Sedat Tolga Kalcıoğlu, İlayda Yörük, Nikol Sergici, Kıvılcım Dişli, Uğur Polat

Although it seems a safe-side technique for the 1:1 material study of the computation-based Basic Design II studio, this group managed to study the material very well so that the joint details are minimal and only 5 sticks came together in one joint. However they learnt that they should have span a greater distance with this system. *Students: Nur Seda Şahin, Yağmur Kocaman, Begüm Çakar, Batuhan Diyarbakırlı, Selahattin Başar, Suay Kayhan, Özge Miskioğlu, Derya Yapıcıoğlu, Işıl Terzioğlu

Here is another computation-based Basic Design II final project. It is made of paper tubes, joined angular by nuts and bolts in order to give the desired form. This group had serious problems with project development and exploration, but anyway they managed to finish this inspirational prototype. *Students: Abdullah Selim Buldu, Ecem Aksoy, Lachyn Tuliyeva, Neda Khorshidi, Selenay Geyik, Sevgi Yücel

This is a final project of Basic Design II, a study based on the formation methods of bambu sticks. Students worked at a bambu workshop and gained the essential knowledge in order to bend the sticks and build the 1:1 material system out of a shape that is supposed to be the armrest of a chair. Although their joint details and overall macroform had some problems, it is finished as an interesting experience. *Students: Yüsra Bayındır, Zeynep Dutipek, Dilara Heper, Selin Işıldar, Alperen Ekici, İlkben Topaç, Pelin Sezgin, İlkem Ege Sözbilir

Here is the winner of this year’s mid-term jury competition in first year Basic Design studio of İstanbul Bilgi University. We asked students to construct a contouring structure within 8m3 volume. After several clay and foamboard prototypes, this group studied 3d laser scanning to digitize the clay model, then finally they used leap motion gadget to simulate the hand-made clay forming in computer. Other student projects will follow this post, as there were several other interesting approaches in this jury. Students: Selim Buldu, Lachyn Tuliyeva, Neda Khorshidi, Serhan Koçbasan, Sevgi […]

Here are some before/afters of our first year student works. In the beginning, they were all full of life, nevertheless after a couple of seasons, things started to change slowly. Reason: Extending the phase space of a material performance, unfolding the impossibility of permanence… Or just snow load. Reason: Rot. Or, in an academic language, revealing unintentional symbionic relationships with it’s natural environment; (de)formation by fungi and moisture. Reason: Getting more and more familiar every day, losing it’s “real virtuality” by becoming real, also losing its shinyness and transparency. Or, just […]

This is another brave group of students. They studied one of the most interesting materials in this year’s Basic Design studio. They tested the structural capacities and nearly all possibilities of thin Bamboo sticks. Unfortunately they lost most of the prototypes, and one of them was a beautiful structural tripod. In the final assembly, they managed to span the required distance by attaching bamboo sticks using plastic fasteners. Below are some of the photos from final day. The sequence of joining the stripes is making it much more structural than […]

The material system experienced here is an extreme example of  our final projects in İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture, first year Basic Design studio. Students studied fiberglass as their core material and they searched for weeks finding for a proper way to expose this material’s potentials into a spanning structure. They tried lots of different components, basicly using molds to give shape to glass fibers. However, their final decision was to use this material without a component logic. They used air baloons as negative molds, experimenting the construction of […]

Here is the “hose” group of İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture Basic Design project. Although they challenged with a nearly impossible mission, trying to make a structural system out of hoses, they simply done it well. After a tremendous effort on the possible combinations of hoses and wooden sticks, they found sophisticated components, utilizing the positive potentials of both material. This year, we allowed them to develop composite systems by blending different behaviours of materials. In fact, no one was sure about the structural integrity of hose-stick combination. But […]

Below is one of the fourteen final projects of freshman year Basic Design studio in İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture. The component, made of folded aluminium sheets. Students insist that this is the most optimal solution to the problem of polyhedra in a component-based structure. They experimented with this shape a lot and tried their best to make one that has similar triangular faces on different sides, so the component would drive the macroform in diverse directions. Prototypes, trying to figure out the connection of multiple components to span […]

This group used aluminium expanded mesh in order to test it’s balance between structural capacity and weight. They folded different sized sheets to create components, then assembled them creating a span of 2,5 meters approx. They managed to control the macroform by manipulating the component precisely. This year, dominant discussion among the studio instructors was the context; how to include (or not include), manage, and think about the context, specifically the place these structures are built on. However for a freshman year Basic Design education, we act very carefully about […]

Material system of group 2 at İBU Basic Design project was based on a component developed by using tensegrity forces on aluminium bands. Although it was hard to maintain structural solidity with the heavy material, they proved well that it is possible to let aluminium fly over a predefined distance (at least for a limited time). *Students: Büşra Kavuk, Büşra Pamuk, Mustafa Sert, Ahmet Evci, Safa Bayam, Sibel Küçükcoşkun, Gizem Işıkalp, Serenay Erbektaş, Cem Şakar, Kübra Göl For more information about the studio, click here.

Following posts will include some of the final projects, completed in Basic Design Studio, İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture in 2013. Below, you see an amazing work of group 1, an interlocking system that presents diversity and structural integrity at the same time. This project initiated a hard discussion among final jury. I think the interesting geometric underlying, great precision for a hand-made computer modeling of each piece, and the layer of structural details that generates a pattern itself, make this work an outstanding example of our intentions in […]

This was last week’s Basic Design II exercise at İstanbul Bilgi University. Students are asked to construct solid-void compositions using pre-defined components. As these are complex structures to understand from mere outputs they are asked to prepare Rhino models to help explain their construction processes.  However we couldn’t make them explicate the rules of construction step-by-step. In exercises such as this one, the process is always more interesting than the single results. Maybe it is early for a beginning studio to expect such a control. Preliminary results of this exercise were […]

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